Silver Stackers Mk III coming soon - action required!

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  1. goldpelican

    goldpelican Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi Folks.

    Changes are coming to Silver Stackers. The forum has been running on essentially the same forum software version for close to 7 years, and is desperately in need of an overhaul to introduce "modern" forum features, and to combat the ceaseless waves of spammers that are able to penetrate the outdated spam protection on the current software platform.

    To that end I've been working on and off on a new version of the site using Xenforo, and it's getting closer to launch. Entirely new software platform on a new host, with plenty of new features included. Mobile friendly too :)

    There is one big hole in the migration path forward however - private messages.

    The private messaging feature on this forum uses a third party add-on that I do not believe is supported by the original author, and regardless, is simply not supported by the migration utility that will be porting 12,000+ users and 630,000+ posts to the new platform. Messages on this forum are stored encrypted in the database, and there are over 600,000 of them - almost as many messages as forum posts. To that end, existing private messages will NOT be migrated onto the new site, and the new version of the forum will be starting with a clean slate for new private messages.

    I am currently targeting 31st March 2017 as the cutover date - plenty of time to start printscreening or PDFing any private messages you wish to keep for posterity or trade purposes.

    The actual migration will take several days - during this time the existing forum needs to be placed into read-only mode, and the migration scripts kicks off. After the migration is complete there is a bunch of work to be done with permissions for the various features of the forum, however we will have some down-time that can't be avoided.

    It will be worth the wait however :)
     
  2. boneyard

    boneyard Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Awesome.

    BUMP.

    I will let Julian know if someone can let Edward know.
     
  3. PrettyPrettyShinyShiny

    PrettyPrettyShinyShiny Well-Known Member

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    Looking forward to the update! A shiny, new platform to continue the ranting!
     
  4. Bosse68

    Bosse68 Active Member Silver Stacker

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    sounds great, looking forward to see a new and improved forum
     
  5. Bargain Hunter

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    G.P. what about existing trade feedback? Will that be ported?
     
  6. raven

    raven Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Excellent work !

    Any chance of a "back to top" button ?
    :)
     
  7. 1Tim58

    1Tim58 Member Silver Stacker

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    Great to hear! Definitely worth the down time, hope you have a smooth transition. Only losing PM's is not a biggy in my book! Can't wait to see all the cool features and enhancements :)
     
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    Skyrocket Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Great!

    Will the new forum have a "poll" function?
     
  9. ozcopper

    ozcopper Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Yes it will :)
     
  10. goldpelican

    goldpelican Administrator Staff Member

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    I will be aiming to do so - however it may come a few days later. I'm still checking out the schema differences/similarities, but there is a trading feedback mechanism built into the new one. It separates feedback into buying feedback and selling feedback however - I'm not going to be manually sorting through thousands of feedback one by one to make a determination where it should go though, so there might be some challenges in doing it.
     
  11. The_Roll_ Man

    The_Roll_ Man Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Ummm, yeah ...

    Not everyone got out alive !!

    ( some 80 positive feedbacks lost as a casualty of 'the war' )
     
  12. Silver is Money

    Silver is Money Member Silver Stacker

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    Exciting news and look forward to seeing the new forum and features.
     
  13. GRETZKY427

    GRETZKY427 Active Member Silver Stacker

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    Do you still keep our exiting login credentials ? (Ive seen other forums requesting users to recreate new login account if they want to keep active on the forum)...

    But yes a new more modern look...bring it on I say :)

    Cheers, Andrew.
     
  14. swoydaz

    swoydaz Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Will the old site be available for a period of time, or will it be changeover same day.
    Assuming our current username and passwords will still work?
     
  15. Soprano16

    Soprano16 Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Usernames/Password will be same.

    The only thing that will be different is that you might lose PM's, so save the ones you need to keep if you have any :)
     
  16. kiona

    kiona Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    I have some PM's I'd like to keep. Any suggestions on easiest way to save and store them? "Dummy" method please :p
     
  17. swoydaz

    swoydaz Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Print and keep in a folder.


    Take screen shots. Create a folder called "Silver Stackers PMs" and pop them in that folder.
     
  18. adze67

    adze67 Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Print as Pdf and save it to a folder ;)
     
  19. Soprano16

    Soprano16 Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Just use Snipping Tool to take custom screen shots and save images in a folder on your HDD
     
  20. kiona

    kiona Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Thanks all, will give it a go tonight :)
     

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